As 2017 draws to a close, Rolls-Royce Abu Dhabi Motors – recognized as the world’s best Bespoke dealership for the past nine years – has revealed the top Bespoke models commissioned this year.
At the requests of customers, as well as designed by the experienced in-house team for the local market, 99% of cars ordered in 2017 were entirely Bespoke, with the content per model costing an additional USD 25,000 on average.
With track-honed design, chassis and suspension elements, the Cadillac V-Series of vehicles are dual purpose luxury performers, ideal for Middle East customers, with true track capability straight from the factory, blended with sophisticated and refined features. Represented by the 2018 ATS-V and CTS-V models at the Dubai International Motor Show 2017 (14-18 November), the Cadillac V-Series is inspired by top-of-the-line, race-ready vehicles, tailor-made to bring stunning performance to everyday driving.
Over ten years since the first-generation V-series was produced, the 2018 ATS-V and CTS-V models incorporate unique performance elements with components from top automotive suppliers, and segment-leading company-exclusive technology.
The smallest and lightest V-Series car with technology enhancements, the Cadillac ATS-V, available in both sedan and coupe, delivers remarkable power and performance. Powered by the Cadillac Twin Turbo V-6, the ATS-V boasts an impressive 464 horsepower (346 kW) and 445 lb-ft of torque (601 Nm), enabling 0-100 km/h performance in 3.8 seconds and a segment-best top speed of 304 km/h.
Panasonic Jaguar Racing drivers Nelson Piquet Jr. and Mitch Evans today completed three days of crucial pre-season testing at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. The British team focused on performance and reliability ahead of their second season in the series.
During the off–season Panasonic Jaguar Racing have spent time focusing on developing a new powertrain, improving the efficiency of the Jaguar I-TYPE 2, and utilizing high strength lightweight materials to optimize the design and packaging of key components. These improvements were put to test over the three-days, enabling the team to gather as much information as they could ahead of the season kick off in December.
At an event attended by officials of Dubai’s Department of Economic Development, media representatives and senior management of Paris Gallery, the winner of a brand new luxuriousMaserati Quattroporte GTS car was announced. The winner, Hamda Al Dhaheri, is a UAE national who bought her winning perfume from Paris Gallery at Rotana Mall in Al Ain.
“This is yet another successful promotion for us. We continue to give our customers fabulous opportunities to win such luxurious prizes. This time we worked closely with well-known and much-loved fragrance brands such as Versace, Missoni and Moschino to come up with this promotion. It is a huge success. We are very glad for the winner of this luxurious car, and we look forward to introducing similar promotions for the benefit of our customers in the coming months,” said a Paris Gallery spokesperson.
The Tj CRUISER was designed for drivers with lifestyles where work and play dovetail seamlessly. The “T” in Tj CRUISER stands for “Toolbox” in reference to how the car can be used like a toolbox, while the “j” stands for “joy” in reference to the joy of visiting various places by car.
The name “CRUISER,” which is traditionally used for Toyota’s SUV lineup, is assigned to the Tj CRUISER to express the power of the vehicle. Inside, the passenger seat can be reclined completely flat, and not only can the Tj CRUISER easily hold outdoor equipment, it can also store large items such as 3-meter long surfboards and bikes.
From 2020 all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be electrified. The company made the announcement at its inaugural Tech Fest, a series of debates and a free public exhibition about the future of mobility.
Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer, said: “Every new Jaguar Land Rover model line will be electrified from 2020, giving our customers even more choice. We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles. Our first fully electric performance SUV, the Jaguar I-PACE, goes on sale next year.”
Jaguar E-type Zero
The electric Jaguar E-type Zero future-proofs one of the world’s most famous cars. Acclaimed by Enzo Ferrari as “the most beautiful car in the world”, the E-type now combines breathtaking design with electric power for the first time. E-type Zero is based on a 1968 Series 1.5 Roadster and features a cutting-edge electric powertrain for 0-60mph in just 5.5sec. It was engineered by Jaguar Classic at the company’s new Classic Works in Warwickshire, UK.
Jaguar I-PACE Concept
With I-PACE we started with a clean sheet and engineered a bespoke, tailored, pure electric SUV from the ground up, creating a beautiful design with everyday practicality. It’s a performance SUV, it looks stunning, is great to drive and will be on sale next year.
The Jaguar FUTURE-TYPE is a vision for the car of 2040 and beyond. The fully autonomous virtual concept explores mobility for the connected world of tomorrow, where vehicles could be shared not owned.
I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Hassan Soukar, one of the well-known automotive and tech influncers in the GCC region, who co-authored some ground-breaking reviews on many products; thus, helped heaps of brands jump-start sales and increase their brand awareness and reach.
What’s your definition of an ‘influencer’?
it’s clear that an influencer comes in many shapes and forms, but the most important two factors that define influence are an engaged audience, and a level of advocacy which is driven by conviction. I think a lot of people tend to use the words influence and followers interchangeably, but you don’t need a particular large audience to have influence, you need conviction and trust. I know that when I recommend a cellphone, a watch, a perfume, or a car to one of my friends or family members, they will consider buying it, because they trust my recommendations.
What do you usually do when you get paid to share an opinion about a car of anything else?
If I get paid to share my opinion about a specific car model or any other product on Instagram to 200k followers, I may have an audience to spread awareness to, but the #ad created is not a form of earned media, and as such is not as powerful as my organic recommendation.
The brand improved to 86 problems per 100 vehicles from 102 in 2016. This improvement helped Ford tie for fourth among all brands from 11th in 2016.
“As Ford accelerates the pace of innovation, we believe this best-ever quality ranking demonstrates our new technologies are reliable and easy to use,” said Bennie Fowler, group vice president, Quality. “The rapid improvements rated by third-party quality experts such as J.D. Power motivate us to improve our fitness even more as quality is a race that’s never finished.”
Less than two years after being unveiled as a concept, Aston Martin is today confirming that the all-electric RapidE will enter production in 2019.
Set for a limited production run of 155 cars, RapidE is Aston Martin’s first all-electric model. As such it spearheads development of the brand’s low- and zero-emission vehicle strategy laid out by Aston Martin’s President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, in the company’s Second Century Plan.
The new car sees a continuation of the collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering who worked on the original RapidE Concept. Based in Grove, Oxfordshire, Williams Advanced Engineering will assist Aston Martin with the complex task of engineering integration.